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    1. Study by National Skills Coalition, SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group shows shift toward "middle skill" jobs

      Study by National Skills Coalition, SkillWorks and the Workforce Solutions Group shows shift toward "middle skill" jobs
      The next step is getting people trained to work the machine and making sure there is a pool of potential workers capable of grasping the high-tech skills required to operate an increasingly sophisticated array of machinery in area factories, says Joseph L. Peters, Universal Plastics’ president.
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    2. Mason Square monument honors first basketball game

      Mason Square monument honors first basketball game
      The Mason Square Enshrinement Basketball Festival attracted many residents who played basketball right on the street, ate carnival food and met members of several basketball teams including the Puerto Rican U18 Team. However, it was the monument created by New Jersey artist Brian Hanlon that left people surprised. The monument depicts a seven-foot tall basketball player in 1891 throwing a modern basketball at a young boy in the future.
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    3. Giant fiberglass sneakers to be installed in downtown Springfield in anticipation of Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week

      Giant fiberglass sneakers to be installed in downtown Springfield in anticipation of Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week
      The sports shoe was chosen because Springfield is proud of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and its Enshrinement Week, a week of activities beginning Aug. 7 with a tournament to benefit the Special Olympics and culminating with induction ceremonies on Aug. 14, said Gina E. Beavers, director of the Springfield Arts Initiative.
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    4. Consumers, employers reportedly lose confidence in Massachusetts' economy

      Consumers, employers reportedly lose confidence in Massachusetts' economy
      Russell F. Denver, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, said many of the retailers he speaks with are hopeful that a sales-tax free holiday the state will have Aug. 14 and 15 will drive foot traffic. Rising savings rates, while good for families’ financial health, have retailers worried.
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    5. Can basketball's birthplace be a slam dunk for local businesses?

      Can basketball's birthplace be a slam dunk for local businesses?
      The Hall of Fame estimates that last year’s enshrinement meant a $3.5 million economic impact for the Pioneer Valley in everything from food to lodging and private jets landing at Westover Air Reserve Base and Barnes Municipal Airport. Doleva estimates that this year’s economic impact could top $5 million.
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    6. Robust Massachusetts 2nd quarter economic growth not likely to be sustained, UMass economics professor says

      Robust Massachusetts 2nd quarter economic growth not likely to be sustained, UMass economics professor says
      Nakosteen said Massachusetts did well because of its mix of industries. Large numbers of high-technology companies, institutions of higher education and health-care facilities did well in April, May and June. The computer and information technology segments of the economy have recovered faster than expected, he said.
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    7. WMECo looking for $28.4 million rate hike to upgrade network, add staff, offset cost of carrying indigent customers

      WMECo looking for $28.4 million rate hike to upgrade network, add staff, offset cost of carrying indigent customers
      As reasons for the increase, the utility is citing the need to upgrade its network of aging poles and wires, add to its staff of line workers, and provide for an increasing number of indigent customers who because of illness or the presence of young children in the household cannot be made to pay their bills.
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    8. Westfield State College changes name to Westfield State University

      “We can compete in the global market better,” said Nancy Salvidio, executive assistant to the president at Westfield State College, who attended the event with several other college officials, including Robert A. Hayes, vice president of academic affairs; Barry Maloney, vice president of student affairs and Kenneth A. Lemanski , vice president of advancement and college relations.
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